Furo and kama in Europe

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Dear all,

 

I am looking to extend my practice dougu.

Do you know where could I buy a kama (and maybe electric furo too) in Europe?

Living in Belgium at the moment.

 

Thank you

József

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I get stuff online too.  Rakuten can ship globally, but they’re not necessarily cheap.  It helps to know what things are called when you’re searching for them though.  There’s a few options on the electric element… you’re looking for something like this?

https://global.rakuten.com/en/store/honjien/item/10001168/

  • Feldin
    Yes, partly :) Problem with rakuten is that they don’t ship a lot of things abroad. And yes, prices can go crazy… I just need simple basic practice stuff.
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Note- just realized I replied instead of posting as an answer, so moving reply ….

Order online 🙂

I live in the US and purchase most of my dogu online. A used kama is much cheaper than a new one. If buying a ‘used’ kama, avoid kamas with rusty interiors, they can be rehabilitated but are barely worth all the scrubbing and effort, imho. The interior should be either solid black or have a ‘whitewash’ type coating. The ‘whitewash’ is applied by the manufacturer. It simulates mineral deposits that occur naturally with use/boiling water and you want to leave it on.
I shop at Sou (https://www.net-qp.com/en/) a lot. Their prices have become more expensive over the years, but you can still find some utensils at a good price. I wait for the sales, which come around frequently. Most of their items are ‘antique’ or used, but often they have items that look like they were never used. They often have kama in many different conditions, and I once purchased one that had never been used. They also have furo and sometimes the electric element to put in there. I once even saw one with integrated electrical unit. However, i simply use a hotplate purchased at a discount store in mine.
Sou’s sister site is Shinei (https://www.net-shinei.co.jp/en/). Sou also sells on ebay. They list the exact same items on all sites. The difference is this: Sou has “free” shipping, in other words, international shipping is included in the price, so item prices are higher. Shinei does not have free shipping so item prices are lower and then shipping is calculated separately. Sou’s Ebay prices are higher than the websites. It’s worth finding an item you like, copying the item #, then looking at the other sites to compare total cost. Rikyucha (http://www.rikyucha.com/) is another online shop with ‘antique’ and new tea utensils, but seems more expensive.
also, you’ll need chasen. for a wide variety of cheap chasen: https://www.aliexpress.com/
  • Feldin
    Thank you! Yes, online is probably the only option, but even there prices are sometimes insane… I need simple mass produced practice stuff, not art pieces for now…
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Zuiun in Kyoto will also ship abroad. Once you have purchased from them once they will regularly send you catalogs which makes it easier to order from them again. I have ordered a heaters that they even have converted to 240v for me. It is a great shop, but not the cheapest compared to some of the other alternatives mentioned that sells used items too. Zuiun only has new items:  https://www.kyoto-zuiun.com/english_map.html

 

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